No prior knowledge of accounting is needed or required. The introductory BCPA starts you off in our two introductory courses.
The program is structured so that students complete 30 units in accounting over the course of 2 summers. Each summer students take 4 courses over the course of 12 weeks. Students take 2 classes at a time in two 6 week sessions.
Yes, you have the option to complete only one summer. Two is not required.
The differences between the Introductory and Advanced BCPA are the course offerings and the cohort specific events. In order to qualify for the Advanced BCPA you need to have already taken the courses in the Introductory BCPA.
There is no firm GPA requirement at this time.
The BCPA satisfies the 30 semester units in accounting required for the CPA, however you would still be required to complete an additional 120 semester units to meet the 150 semester unit requirement.
In some instances, course substitutions may be allowed if students have previously taken introductory courses at other institutions or have taken any BCPA course at Berkeley-Haas.
The courses offered in the BCPA program are regular undergraduate courses, so their units do count toward the 130 unit limit. L&S is willing to be flexible with that limit for BCPA students as long as you still plan to graduate on time. We recommend speaking with your major advisor to ensure proper planning.
Yes, courses must be taken for a letter grade and you must receive a C- or better to receive a certificate of completion.
We accept students in all grade levels and encourage freshman and sophomores to apply.
The BCPA application consists of a series of questions, a brief personal essay, and we ask that you upload your transcripts, resume, and English proficiency test scores (if International).
The program is priced based on a combination of unit and program fees.
Yes, we offer merit based scholarships to UC Berkeley students.
If you are a UC Berkeley student who qualifies for financial aid during the regular school year you should qualify for summer aid. Please contact the financial aid office about your eligibility: http://financialaid.berkeley.edu/summer-aid
Yes. International students must be high school graduates and be able to submit Visa and English Proficiency test score documentation.
There is a two course minimum, however, all courses must be completed in order to receive a certificate.
Summer Sessions provides housing to students enrolled in summer courses. Students may apply to live in the dorms or International House.